Apparel + Accessories

Sun Day Afternoons’s Adventure Hat

by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2008
When I was a junior sailor, I scoffed at sun protection; now that rates of skin cancer have dramatically increased, I pay close attention. Sun Day Afternoons’s Adventure Hat offers great UV protection (the hat’s material carries a 50+ SPF rating) and, thanks to its generous, down-sloped bill, plenty of shade. What caught my eye was the hat’s long back veil, which keeps the sun off your neck. The
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Boatworks

More Bad News for West Marine

by Sail Staff, Posted April 15, 2008
Troubled marine retailer West Marine reported a 10 percent year-on-year sales decline for the first quarter of 2008. The $113.3 million in sales was down $12.5 million on Q1 2007.

CEO Geoff Eisenberg said sales were down more than expected, and that he was “anxious” about sales going into the spring fitting-out season, traditionally one of the peak selling periods for West Marine.


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Cup Watch

Learning to Fly

by Sail Staff, Posted April 11, 2008
Sailing a multihull is just like sailing a monohull, right? Wrong. If that was the case, there is simply no way that Alinghi would have flipped Foncia, the high-octane ORMA 60 that the team had been using as a training platform for the 33rd America’s Cup, which will be a Deed of Gift Challenge between Golden Gate Yacht Club’s BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) and Societe Nautique
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Cruising

Net Time

by Sail Staff, Posted April 8, 2008
I’ll admit it: I was a catamaran newbie until last week when my wife, my family, and I chartered a Leopard 4300 from The Mooring’s base in beautiful Saint Lucia. Coming from a racing background spent on high-performance monohulls, I was a bit intimidated, especially when it came to maneuvering the boat in tight quarters. Luckily, this part proved to be the easy bit: It was sailing Steppin
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Inshore Racing

Race Ready

by Sail Staff, Posted April 8, 2008
When most people think of charterboats, they think of bulky cruisers that are slow to sail but fun to party on once the anchor drops. But if you happen to be a world-class sailor and the boat you've chartered is a race-ready Farr 40—as was Peter Holmberg’s experience at the 35th Annual International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas—this wasn't the case. Holmberg, who served as
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SAIL Magazine and the Boston Sailing Center come together to teach the rolling hitch, an essential sailing knot that is most often used to release an override on a winch

Facnor's flat deck furler on a J/111

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